For this exact reason, I knew I had to take advantage to be a part of something great on September 11, 2016 (the 15 year anniversary of the attacks). Instead of lacing up my running shoes and pounding the pavement for some miles, I was lacing up my shoes and climbing the stairs.
The Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund was established in memory of Terry Farrell, a decorated member of Rescue 4 FDNY and Chief of the Dix Hills Volunteer Fire Department. Terry, along with 342 of his brothers, perished on September 11, 2001 in the World Trade Center Attack. Our fund is here to assist firefighters, and their families, with medical, educational, and equipment needs. We support the firefighters who serve our communities. The fund is operated predominantly by firefighters, along with friends of the fund. We operate on a volunteer basis in order to give back to our firefighting community. We currently have 14 chapters nationwide. (Source: Terry Fund Georgia Chapter)
Upon check in we received a lanyard with the name and photograph of a firefighter who lost their life on September 11, 2001. Today I was climbing for Lt. Steven Bates of Eng. 235. As I placed his photo around my neck, I couldn't help but think of him and his family. This is for you Lt. Bates!
I won't lie, it was quite toasty in the stairwell at times for me in a tank and shorts - I cannot imagine the strength of the firefighters climbing in gear. Doors to the building were open along the way on story 5, 9, and 16 (if I remember correctly) which provided an exit point, water stations, and air conditioning if you needed to get some cool air.